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Cowboys In Cyberspace - October 2006

"YOUR SPACE OR MYSPACE?"

Do bands really get discovered on the World Wide Web?

You may have read in the mainstream press that rock band Arctic Monkeys were discovered on MySpace.com and are now a worldwide phenomenon. Well, the hype rollercoaster has gathered way too much speed on that story and in fact it was their loyal fan base that helped distribute their early recordings via various websites and really got the ball rolling for the group. It cannot be ignored though, that there is an explosion of music happening on MySpace which was originally designed as "an online community that lets you meet your friends' friends". Pop Art icon Andy Warhol said, "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes" and he may well have been predicting MySpace and blogs. There are many country music artists to be found at MySpace.com (just search for their name when you get there) but be aware some pages for bigger names are run by publicists or fans and you may not be talking to the artist themselves. Time will tell how much value these pages will have but there is an air of immediacy about them that has some added appeal.

DVD REVIEWS

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON - LIVE FROM AUSTIN TX

DVD cover This televised concert from September 1981 captures Kristofferson in his prime as a performer after a dark period and is almost a 'greatest hits' collection in terms of the songs. Classics like Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down, For The Good Times, Why Me? and Help Me Make It Through The Night cement his position as a master country songwriter and a lively reworking of Me And Bobby McGee shows off his joy of performing. He was quoted at the time as saying, "the music's a little closer to the soul because I'm creating and controlling the whole show." Indeed he is in command and the band is right with him (including the legendary Billy Swan). Brilliant!
New West NW8026 (via Shock in Australia)
57 Mins

COUNTRY CLASSICS - Volume One

DVD cover This DVD compiles 20 country hits; all performed live by the artists best associated with the songs. Many of the performances are 'guest spots' taken from the Marty Robbins television show and as well as Robbins himself we get Freddy Fender (Before The Next Teardrop Falls), Donna Fargo (Happiest Girl In The Whole USA), Charley Pride (Crystal Chandeliers), plus Waylon, Willie, Patsy, and Faron Young. The booklet inside the box has short biographies of all the stars within. Brilliant memories, especially The Kendalls (Heaven's Just A Sin Away) and, worth the price alone, George Jones (He Stopped Loving Her Today).
Second Vision via Universal Music Australia 7323958
53 Mins

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TOMMY EMMANUEL
LIVE AT HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE
BALLARAT, AUSTRALIA

Where does the guitar end and Tommy Emmanuel begin (or vice versa). Never has any person been so 'at one' with an instrument...breathtaking! Filmed in 2005 on his regional tour of Australia, all the instrumental prowess we have come to expect (a sublime Somewhere Over The Rainbow and heart-racing fingerpickin', Cannonball Rag) plus a surprisingly vocal Tommy on four numbers, plus duets with his fiancée, vocalist Elizabeth Watkins. Fans of TOMMY EMMANUEL who have his previous live DVD (reviewed here July 2004) will be pleased to know that this concert has no duplication of songs and he previews several of the tunes that have now appeared on his latest excellent CD, The Mystery. Interview snippets illuminate the story behind many of the songs and the concert ends with a heartfelt I Still Can't Say Goodbye; a song that the late Chet Atkins specifically asked Tommy to keep singing. The baton has truly been passed.
ABC Music via Warner Music 5101137292
68 Mins plus extras

 

Bob talked to Barbara Morison on 2SER 107.3 FM about this month's column and more...
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